farm-y july

* kinda like a journal, no responsibility taken for grammar, punctuation, spelling mistakes… or the lack of upper case letters *

 

here they are…the carswell boys…and grandma!

 

  

i’m a little late in posting, but… technically it’s still birthday month

we have a very unique situation in our family… all four of my brothers birthdays are in the first week of july

even more astonishing… my grandmas… verna amelia fournie… birthday was 4 july!

my brothers have been a huge part of my life… even though i’m 6, 7 and 10 years younger… they’ve been influential in many ways that i’m sure they haven’t even thought of… nor am i about to divulge here… i wouldn’t give up the goods!… but they’ve each shaped a bit of who i am… from my deep appreciation of all music, to my wit, to my ability to see other points of view… hmmm… and let’s face it… i like hogan’s heroes and i can throw a baseball with strength and accuracy… like a boy

i could take advantage of this forum and give them a little grief here… it’s tempting and just for giggles… but… i think it’s important to acknowledge some of the qualities that are common between these four special men

they are… without a doubt… kind-hearted… incredibly smart… independent… gutsy… funny… each in their own – good – weird ways… strong… in all the ways one can be… always lend a hand when/if they can… challenging… fiery… and yes… a wee bit stubborn… big shocker, i know

even though they… we… share these qualities… they… we… are all… what i like to call… free-thinkers… we were raised in the same home, by the same parents… but we definitely have our own ideas… and that’s the good stuff

i’m continually amazed by our differences…i embrace them because i learn so much… we’re sometimes not the united nations… but at the end of the day… i’m lucky to have these guys in my life

how did this barn-burner of birthdays happen… simple… mathscienceand a bit o’ love… the first week of july is 9 months after our parents wedding anniversary and although it could happen to anyone… i think it’s more likely  in an …originally catholic…farm-y family

l to r: ken 2 july, rob + rick 5 july and alan 3 july…i’m guessing it’s 1965
l to r: rob + rick, alan and ken in front, about 2002
l to r / b to f: grandma, uncle ken, grandpa, mom + uncle harold, about 1941, and grandma in 1991

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